On July 10, The Mary Kay Foundation along with Tootsies, and WFAA Channel 8 held a fashion show in their 6th annual Suits for Shelters "Think Pink Launch Party." The fashion show featured brands available at the Tootsies at the Plaza at Preston Center. Guests and donors to the event were treated to $25 Tootsies gift cards for their charitable donations of women's work wear, professional wear, suits, accessories, shoes and clothes. For the next four weeks, from July 7 to August 4, any Tootsies shopper who brings in a donation will receive a $25 gift certificate.
Cynthia Izaguirre from WFAA channel 8 was the emcee for the event featuring the employees of the following shelters as the fashion models: Attitudes and Attire, Hope's Door, Brighter Tomorrows, Dress for Success, Genesis Women's Shelter, Mosaic Family Services, and the Family Place.
Domestic Violence should not be tolerated
Many Dallas single Moms either have been a victim of domestic violence or know someone who has been a victim. Some of the statistics are frightening. Approximately 38% of Texas women—more than one in three—have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime. (Texas Council on Family Violence). Children of abused women are also more likely to be abuse with about 70% of those children also being physically abused and 20% of them being sexually abuse.
In 2013, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,007 family violence calls resulting in 1,215 aggravated assaults, 23 murders, 10,812 reported offenses, 91 sexual assault offenses, 180 violations of protective orders, and 5,782 arrests.
These statistics are staggering. The 2013 Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point-in-Time Homeless Count found 2,972 people living on Dallas streets or in shelters. 42% of the homeless population was children, and 14% of the adult population listed domestic violence as their reason for homelessness. The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $31 million in grant money to shelters for women and children in all 50 states since 2000.
Many cases of domestic violence go unreported. However, the Family Prevention Fund estimates that between 960,000 and 3 million incidents of family violence go on each year. In 2013, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services reports that more than 66,541 victims were served on the day of September 17, 2013.
Domestic violence is the No. 1 cause of injury for women ages 15 to 44. These victims suffer emotionally too from depression, anxiety or social isolation. Domestic abuse occurs to women of all ages, income levels and educational backgrounds.
The Mary Kay Foundation’s core mission is to prevent domestic violence. A key component of ending the cycle of abuse, is helping a survivor along their recovery secure employment and financial independence. Suits for Shelters is a partnership between The Mary Kay FoundationSM and Mary Kay Inc. to collect professional attire and boost a woman’s confidence to aid in her job search. To date, the program has collected more than 12,000 pieces of professional attire for women in need.
Donate a suit and get a $25 gift card to Tootsies. In 2013, the Mary Kay Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each shelter received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
Tootsie’s in Plaza at Preston Center
8300 Preston Road, Suite 200
Dallas, Texas 75225
Store hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
If you or anyone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233)